Donald Trump Detroit Rally: Questions, Answers All Scripted – Read What Will Happen Here
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s visit to a black church in Detroit on Sunday is seen as an important step for him.Advertisement
Trump’s visit to the Detroit church will be an attempt to strengthen his relationship with the African American community. He will be in attendance at the service and will be doing an interview with Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the leader of the congregation.
However, the Detroit Free Press notes, the presidential nominee will not be speaking at the Great Faith Ministries International during the service. Moreover, the interview Trump is scheduled to have with Jackson will air a week later on the Impact Network. During this time, the interview will undergo editing by several Trump aides so the version aired reflects the wishes of the campaign.
Donald Trump Detroit rally: Trump advised to speak about education and employment
As noted by the New York Times, while it is usual for a candidate to request interview questions in advance, a campaign preparing a script of answers has not been much heard of.
When asked about African Americans, Trump has been advised to say, “If we are to make America great again, we must reduce, rather than highlight, issues of race in this country” and “I want to make race disappear as a factor in government and governance.”
Jackson said that his interview with the presidential nominee is on the same level as speaking directly to the congregation.
“My congregation trusts my judgment,” Jackson said. “They know that I’m not going to put anything or anyone in front of them that I feel is going to be harmful, and I feel we should have an educated conversation about what you’re going to do.”
Donald Trump Detroit rally: African Americans show more support for Democrats
To a question asking whether his campaign is racist, Trump has been advised to speak about improving education, getting people off welfare, and providing employment. “The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. Coming into a community is meaningless unless we offer an alternative to the horrible progressive agenda that has perpetuated a permanent underclass in America.”
To the question, “Are you a Christian and do you believe the Bible is an inspired word of God?” the advised answer is, “As I went through my life, things got busy with business, but my family kept me grounded to the truth and the word of God. I treasure my relationship with my family, and through them, I have a strong faith enriched by an ever-wonderful God.”
African Americans have in the past shown more support for Democrats. As many as 97 percent Africans Americans in Detroit voted for Barack Obama over Senator John McCain in 2008. Meanwhile, in 2012, 98% African Americans voted for Obama as compared to 2% for Mitt Romney.